Michelle Helene MFHT, PRM Reflexologist & Aromatherapist
Welcome to Michelle Helene Therapies.
I am a qualified Reflexologist and Aromatherapist and my practice is based at Neal’s Yard, in Southwark (in central London and located near London Bridge Station).
I studied to be both a Reflexologist and Aromatherapist at Morley College, where I gained my qualifications in Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for complementary therapies. I have also attended post graduate courses in pre-conceptual/infertility, maternity and post-natal treatments. I have also attended a course in foot reading with Julie Quinn and Renee Tanner. I am a full member of Complementary Health Professionals and Professional Reflexology.
As a complementary therapist, I believe in taking a holistic view relating to our health matters and well being and this is why I am passionate about what I do. Both my reflexology and aromatherapy treatments are tailored to suit each individual and I will start your first treatment by discussing your health and lifestyle in order to develop your bespoke treatment plan.
Reflexology is a holistic therapy and is based on the theory that the organs, structures and systems of the body are mapped out in the feet. I use a technique called the thumb walk/caterpillar walk to cover all the areas of the feet or hands, ensuring I work through all zones. All our body systems work in harmony together and if one system is not working as it should, it can have an impact on other systems of the body. Reflexology is a profound, therapeutic and unique treatment, as it treats the body as a whole, aiming to gently ease your body back into balance.
Aromatherapy is a gentle, holistic therapy and can promote emotional and physical well-being. Therapeutic touch is very important for your well being and I believe that it can be beneficial to help you to relax and unwind. When giving an Aromatherapy treatment, I only use therapeutic grade essential oils of the finest quality, from suppliers that have been accredited by the Aromatherapy Trade Council.
There are two types of plant oils that is used in aromatherapy. There are essential oils, which are aromatic oils and are usually distilled from flowers, leaves, roots and peels of an aromatic plant. Then there are fixed oils, which are extracted from nuts and seeds. Many of these oils are used for culinary purposes, i.e. olive oil. In aromatherapy, these are known as carrier oils/enricher oils such has sweet almond oil or Grapeseed oil. Aromatherapy is commonly associated with the essential oils, however I am equally as passionate about the therapeutic qualities of carrier/enricher oils. For example, Black currant seed oil (Ribes nigrum) can help improve skin elasticity. It can also help with inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema. After your first consultation, I will also consider which carrier/enricher oil to use, making a unique and bespoke treatment tailored to your specific requirements.
I am also trained in Hot & Cold Stone Massage, which is a deeply relaxing and therapeutic treatment. The heat from the warm Basalt stones gently penetrates the skin and muscles, easing away tension and helping you to relax. For more information on Hot Stone Massage, please refer to the Aromatherapy page on my website, or click here.
Reflexology Lymph Drainage (RLD)
I am also trained in Reflexology Lymph Drainage, which is an award winning reflexology technique which focuses on stimulating the lymphatic reflexes on the feet. The aim is to cause an effect on the lymphatic system in the body. It is a unique sequence that has been researched and developed by Sally Kay BSc(Hons), whilst working in Cancer Care. The results appear to support the theory of reflexology. Please refer to the Reflexology page on this website for more information or click here.
Be less stressed!
Did you know that stress causes an increase of hormones in your body, which help you in a fight or flight situation. Once the threat or pressure has passed, these hormones return to normal. However, in a constant state of stress, these hormones remain in your body, which can eventually cause disease/illness (NHS Choices, 2015).
There is some evidence to suggest that when we are in a state of relaxation, your body responds and sends out signals, which helps to support the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. This, in turn, brings the body back into balance (into a state which is known as homeostasis).
It has been reported that at least 75% of disease is stress related. Reflexology is a relaxing treatment, helping to reduce the stresses of everyday life. This gives you a sense of well being and calmness, which encourages your body to work at optimum efficiency, promoting good circulation, good digestive health and the elimination of toxins from your body (Tanner. R, Step by Step Reflexology, 1990).
Reflexology is known to promote relaxation.
Aromatherapy helps to provide relief from aching Muscles and poor circulation. The use of essential oils can help you feel uplifted and energized.
Did you know that approximately one in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving in the UK? Around 84% of couples will conceive naturally within one year. For couples who have been trying to conceive for more than three years without success, the likelihood of pregnancy occurring within the next year is 25% or less (NHS Choices, 2015). Becoming pregnant can be challenging for some couples and occasionally it may be a matter of looking at certain factors in your life, which may be causing you stress. Once these have been identified, reflexology can be useful in helping your body to balance out fertility issues that you may be experiencing. Some areas in your lifestyle may need addressing; such has diet and nutrition, hormone imbalances and managing your stress levels.
Both Reflexology and Aromatherapy can be useful in stressful situations and will help you to find a greater sense of calm.
Reflexologist & Aromatherapist based in Southwark
My Reflexology and Aromatherapy practice is based Neal’s Yard, near Borough Market, situated in central London (Southwark) and located very near London Bridge and is easily accessible from London Bridge Station so it is absolutely convenient if you want to pamper yourself with either aromatherapy or reflexology in Central London.